On Sunday, 4 February, FC Irlande Ladies III played against the second-in-league Waterloo Lions, potentially first, considering that they have two matches less compared to Maccabi, which is, as of today, at the top of the league.
In the mind of the team, the Napoleonic experience in the away match was still vivid. Despite these memories, FCI wanted to give everything during the match, fearlessly playing against one of the best, if not the best, teams in the league.
The first 20 minutes of the match are played impressively well by FCI, evening the odds against Waterloo. Despite the opponent’s excellent technical skills and accurate net of passes, FCI keeps its head up and fights back, trying to be dangerous and find space, especially on the wings. However, at the 22’ and 26’, Waterloo scores its first two goals of the match. After these two goals, FCI pulls itself together again and prevents Waterloo from scoring additional goals during the first half.
The second half starts dramatically. Just entering the field, Waterloo scores two other goals at the 46’ and 49’, bringing the match to 4-0. Maybe due to fatigue, extra-field injuries or Waterloo’s extra motivation, FCI seems to struggle to stay in the game. And Waterloo scores its fifth and sixth goals of the match, respectively, at the 71’ and 75’. But, unlike Napoleon, FCI does not surrender and scores a consolation goal with a free-kick taken by Liza, on which the goalie does not impeccably intervene. The goal might seem useless in relation to the final score, but it is important for the team’s morale, and every goal scored may be crucial at the end of the season for the relegation battle.
The Maccabi match result (6-0) and this one (1-6) could be numerically similar, but the team’s performance could not be more different. Other than the goal scored, in this match, FCI was more solid and effective both in the offensive and defensive phases, able to develop various interesting playing combinations. As in the away game, Waterloo had to do something peculiar with their goalie (not as strange and peculiar as allowing the goalie to go to the toilet during the match). This time, Waterloo just changed the player in goal while the game was still on, but as last time, we did not take advantage of the situation.
Player of the match: Alicia
At Waterloo, FCI did surrender. On Sunday, 1 October, we met our destiny in quite a brutal way. The history book of the match was always repeating itself: through balls, long balls to cut the defence out, extremely challenging to stop their accurate net of passes.
Waterloo, we were defeated, they won the game. But we promise to fight forevermore. We could not score if we wanted to (even when there was not the opponent’s goalie on the pitch), knowing our fate was to be beaten by them. Finally, facing our Waterloo.
We tried to hold them back, but they were stronger, and it seemed that our only chance was to give up the fight. But we would only refuse, and even though we did not feel like we were winning when we were losing, we gave everything we could.
We lost 10-0, I suppose (we lost count at some point), and some of us were almost stuck in Waterloo, but we were facing a team that was much stronger than us, none of us got injured, and we probably played under one of the last sunny Sunday of the year. Not only we should learn from the tough game we played but also from our opponent and their triangles and efficient passing.
As Francesco said, our season will start with the match against Kosova, and as we showed against Saint Michel, we can get some points home against teams that are more or less at our level.
Player of the match: Alicia